Manawatu Golf Club

Centennial Drive, Hokowhitu,

Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui Region

  • Office

    +64 (0)6 357 8793
  • Pro shop

    +64 (0)6 358 3679
  • Fax

    +64 (0)6 357 8793
  • Golf pro

    Andre White

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside and residential.

  • Designer:

    Original design by C.H. Redhead, an Irish engineer (1928). Further improvements by H.G.Babbage (1955).

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How to get there:

3 km S of Palmerston North centre; 140 km N of Wellington

From Palmerston North's City Square, take Fitzherbert Avenue heading south. After 2 km turn left into Hardie Street. After 100 m turn right into Centennial Drive. After 1.5 km Golf Club is on your right (after the Massey University campus).

Manawatu Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1895

Manawatu Golf Club: Also known as Hokowhitu, the layout here starts with a pleasant par-4, lined with palms, pines, birches and occasional eucalyptus - a clear indication that a rather delightful, tree-lined, parkland course awaits. Look beyond the first fairway and the essential flatness of the course will also be apparent.

As early as the 4th hole you'll notice the sandstone cliffs of the adjacent Manawatu River, but you'll need to wait until the par-3 16th hole before seeing the river itself. (Should you wish to cross the river, an aerial runway appears to be on hand for that purpose!).

The high quality housing hereabouts lines much of the course's perimeter, as does part of the Massey University campus (on the back-nine).

Within the course, its the tightish fairways that will focus your golfing brain, and trees, trees, trees that will provide the scenic interest and the golfing challenge, as you try to shape innovative recovery shots around, under and over them. All in all, a pleasantly enjoyable parkland course - always well maintained.

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends; more restricted on Saturdays.

Worth booking in advance.

Green fees

International visitor fee, 18-holes in high season: NZ$125; NZ addiliated golfers NZ$75.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2024].

Other information

Walking permitted at all times.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Manawatu is New Zealand's oldest existing golf course, and has hosted several New Zealand Open Championships, most recently in 1973 (see Tournaments section). It is also the home club of Craig Perks and Grant Waite, both US PGA touring professionals.

Published ranking

New Zealand's 27th best course (Australian Golf Digest, 2023/24).


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